Bigger and better than ever befor – TEFAF Maastricht 12-21 March 2010

tefafTEFAF Maastricht, the world’s most influential art and antiques fair, will have a record number of 260 exhibitors from 17 countries when the 23rd edition opens at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in the southern Netherlands from 12-21 March 2010. The European Fine Art Fair will reinforce its reputation for quality with exhibitors bringing only the very finest art and antiques all of which will be rigorously vetted by teams of experts. It will expand by introducing TEFAF on Paper, a new section devoted entirely to works on paper. The latest in a series of groundbreaking reports specially prepared for TEFAF will examine how the international art market has fared during the economic recession.

Magnificent Works of Art

Exhibitors at TEFAF will show some 30,000 works of art and antiques, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, furniture, classical antiquities, illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, textiles, porcelain, glass, silver, design and other works of art. Every era from classical antiquity to the 21st century will be represented. (more…)

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Sotheby's Sale to Include a Rare Manuscript Containing the Earliest Depictions of Joan of Arc

Simon Marmion and the Master of Mary of Burgundy, The Korner Hours

Sotheby’s London sale of Western Manuscripts on Tuesday 7th July 2009 has a combined total sale estimate of £3 million and will include the sale of Medieval Illuminated Miniatures from the Collection of the Late Eric Korner. The highlight of the various-owner sale is a stunningly illustrated manuscript dating to the mid-15th century which has surfaced for the first time in half a century, and which contains three illustrations thought to be the earliest representations of Joan of Arc (lot 26, est. £1-1.5 million). The remarkable manuscript documents the life of one of the most important and powerful emperors in Europe in the late middle ages, Sigismund of Luxemburg (1368-1437), king of Hungary, Germany, Bohemia, Lombardy, and the Holy Roman Emperor. Among the numerous records of battles, attempted poisonings and political intrigue, it includes the earliest depictions of Joan of Arc, who had contact with Sigismund in 1429, immediately before leading the French army against the English which resulted in her capture, trial and martyrdom in 1431.

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June auctions at Koller successful in all collecting fields

Modern & Contemporary Art, Swiss Art, Fine Furniture and Jewelry all register strong prices
The June sales at Koller Zurich were characterized by spirited bidding for attractive works, in all
collecting categories: paintings and furniture, as well as jewelry and gemstones. “During these auctions,
buyers showed time and again their willingness to bid over the upper estimate for the works they
wanted,” said Cyril Koller, director of Koller Auctions. “The art market is sound, and the relative rarity
of high-quality works on the current market makes the ones that do come up all the more attractive.”

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Battle of the Picasso paintings

The depictions painted on sucessive days are set to be auctioned

Sotheby’s is selling Homme à l’épée, painted on 25 July 1969, with a suggested price tag of between £6m and £8m at its annual summer sale of Impressionist and modern art.

Christie’s will sell a work of the same title, painted the following day, for between £5m and £7m at its summer sale.

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Huge Interest & Strong Sales at 2009 Fair

There may be a global recession but the 2009 International Ceramics Fair & Seminar was greeted as enthusiastically as ever by the collectors and academics who frequent the fair every year.

Founded by Brian and Anna Haughton and now in its 28th year, the 15 exhibitors offered a wide selection of the very finest British and Continental pottery, porcelain, glass and enamels. Running concurrently was the 12-part lecture programme, an annual forum for presenting and discussing the latest research and discoveries in the ceramics world and which was again attended by leading academics and collectors.

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The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

Brian and Anna Haughton’s flagship fair, will again bring together the top dealers in the world from October 16th-22nd at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City.

Since its launch in 1989 the fair has occupied a place among the world’s finest art and antiques fairs, thanks to a stellar exhibitor list featuring many of the most prestigious art and antique dealers in the United States and Europe. The sensational works of art are among the finest and rarest on the market.

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Artist Duo Elmgreen & Dragset Stage the Danish and Nordic Pavilions for La Biennale di Venezia

For the 53rd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the Danish and Nordic Pavilions will host ‘The Collectors’, a single exhibition curated and staged by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset. With contributions from twenty-four international artists and artist groups, Elmgreen & Dragset will transform the Danish and Nordic Pavilions into domestic environments where the audience is invited as guests. Dining rooms, bedrooms, furniture, fireplaces, a stained glass skylight and the artworks nestled within the households, will reveal the uncanny stories of fictional inhabitants, with their obsessive characters and diverse lifestyles.

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New Magritte Museum Houses the Largest Collection of Magritte Works in the World

King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium observe the painting “Black Magic” made by Belgian Surrealist painter René Magritte (1898-1967) during their visit to the new Magritte Museum in Brussels

On June 2 2009, the Magritte Museum opens its doors to the public on the Place Royale in Brussels. The first museum of this scope devoted to one of the best known artists of the 20th century, presents for the first time the largest collection of Magritte works in the world.

This new cultural and touristic attraction in Belgium has been completed thanks to an original partnership between the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Magritte Foundation, the Belgian Régie des Bâtiments, the Belgian Federal Science Policy Administration, and the GDF SUEZ Group, which completed the museum’s installation thanks to a skill-based sponsorship unique in Belgium.

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Carla Bruni Photograph Taken by Pamela Hanson to be Sold at Villa Grisebach Auktionen

Pamela Hanson, Carla Bruni in Bed, 1994. Silbergelatineabzug, 2008. 38.9 x 58.1 cm

This year’s spring auctions at Villa Grisebach Auktionen in Berlin start off on June 4, 2009 with the sale of Modern and Contemporary photography including a copy of only ten numbered that exist of the image of the French First Lady taken by U.S. photographer Pamela Hanson

Also, among the 190 lots for sale, are a convolute of around two dozens photographs and two original glass negatives depicting the work of the German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The top lots in this segment include Curt Rehbein’s vintage prints from 1922 depicting Mies van der Rohe’s famous model for a glass skyscraper (estimate of 10 000-15 000 EUR) as well as the architect’s project for the “Tower house at Friedrichstraße” (estimate of 5 000-10 000 EUR).

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Quadricentennial Celebration of the Hudson River Valley at Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

John William Hill (American, b. England 1812 - 1879), View of the Hudson River from the Palisades, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, with Rainbow, 1873, Watercolor, graphite, and touches of gouache on paper

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s famed voyage up the Hudson in 1609, the exhibition Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society will be on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center from August 14 through November 1, 2009.

The exhibition spans six centuries, from rare mid-sixteenth-century watercolors of European birds—precursors of the work of Audubon—to representations of the World Trade Center before and after September 11, 2001. In addition to the exhibition, related events will include a Garden Party (August 16); lecture by exhibition curator Roberta J. M. Olson, Curator of Drawings, New-York Historical Society (September 11), and concert by Hudson River storyteller and legend, Pete Seeger (October 10). All are free and open to the public.

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